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Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

The Department of Nutrition & Dietetics offers an undergraduate program in nutrition and dietetics which culminates in a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The program, also called a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-0040 or (800) 877-1600.

 

The undergraduate nutrition program is a rigorous science-based program. Students learn how to interpret and translate nutrition research into meaningful recommendations for consumers. Most of our program graduates pursue the registered dietitian (RD) credential. There are typically three required steps to obtain the RD credential:

  1. Complete an ACEND-accredited undergraduate nutrition/DPD program.
  2. Complete an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship (also called supervised practice).
  3. Pass the national examination for registered dietitians.

Acceptance into an ACEND-accredited dietetic internship is quite competitive, and undergraduates graduates are not guaranteed placement in an internship program. Nationwide about 50% of the students who apply to internship each year are matched. Most internship programs are traditional face-to-face programs where interns relocate to the home base of the program to complete the required 1200 hours of supervised practice. There are also accredited distance internship programs and accredited Individualized Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) programs. You can read more about internships and ISPP programs at the Academy's website: www.eatright.org.

Students can improve their chances of matching to an internship by earning good grades (A's and B's), displaying outstanding character at all times, obtaining relevant work experience, seeking meaningful volunteer experiences, and developing leadership and time management skills. UNF faculty work closely with students and alumni to assist them with the internship application process. Students may apply to internship programs in the spring of their senior year and if accepted they typically start in August or September. Students pay for the tuition and all other expenses associated with their dietetic internship. After completing the internship and passing the RD examination, alumni may apply for Florida licensure through the Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance.

Students who complete the 120 credit hour B.S. degree in nutrition and dietetics, and obtain the registered dietitian (RD) credential are qualified to work in a variety of settings. Hospitals, wellness centers, clinics, food companies, health departments, health agencies, nursing homes, school districts, universities, and mental health centers all employ RDs. Many RDs have their own businesses as well. Program graduates who do not obtain the RD credential most often seek employment in the areas of food service management, nutrition education, community health, and medical sales.

**Effective 2024:

Effective 2024, all students enrolled in the DPD/Nutrition program must be prepared to complete a master's degree in any major if they intend to become registered dietitians. A typical education guideline will be four years for the B.S. degree, completion of the accredited 1200-hour internship, and two years for the master's degree. The UNF Master of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics Internship option combines the internship and master's degree in a four semester program.

Program of Study


Nutrition & Dietetics: Didactic Program in Dietetics (Bachelor of Science)

Program Description for Nutrition & Dietetics

Major: Nutrition & Dietetics Concentration: Didactic Program in Dietetics Degree: Bachelor of Science

Prerequisites (36 credits)

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher

MAC1105 (GM) College Algebra (3 Credits)

MACX105 and MACX142 are acceptable substitutes for MAC1105.

STA2014 (GM)Elem Statistics-Health/SS (3 Credits)

POS2041 Intro to American Government (3 Credits)

FSS1202 Food Fundamentals (3 Credits)

Offered in summer and fall only

FSS1202L Food Fundamentals Laboratory (1 Credit)

Offered in summer and fall only

HUN2201 Basic Prin Human Nutrition (3 Credits)

BSC1010C General Biology I (4 Credits)

BSC2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credits)

BSCX085/X085L, BSCX085C are acceptable substitutes for BSC2085c. Prerequisite: BSC1010c

BSC2086C Human Anatomy & Physiology II (4 Credits)

BSCX086/X086L, BSCX086C are acceptable substitutes for BSC2086c.
Additionally, PETX322/X322L, HSCX549, or PCBX702 satisfy both Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs.
Prerequisite: BSC2085c

CHEMISTRY General Chemistry I with lab

CHMX045/X045L, CHMX032 are acceptable substitutes for CHM2045/2045L. Prerequisite: MAC1105

MICROBIO Microbiology with lab

MCBX004/X004L, MCBX020C, MCBX013c, MCBX020/X020L are acceptable substitutes for MCB2010c.
Prerequisites: BSC1010c, CHM2045, and CHM2045L

Concentration Requirements (57 credits)

Must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher
Students enrolled in Didactic program in Dietetics (DPD) must follow BS/DPD Nutrition Program Sequencing Schedule in the Undergraduate Nutrition Student Handbook (Click here) to avoid delaying graduation.

BCH3023/L Bioorganic Chemistry with lab

Take in Junior year/Fall semester
Prerequisite: CHM2045/2045L

HUN3230 Advanced Nutrition Science I (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, BSC2085c, BSC2086c, CHM2045/2045L
Co-requisites: FSS1202/1202L, BCH3023/3023L (can be taken earlier)

HUN3800 Nutrition Sci Res and Ethic (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, STA2014

HUN3403 Life Span Nutrition (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, CHM2045/2045L, FSS1202/1202L

HUN3231 Advanced Nutrition Science II (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Spring semester
Prerequisite: HUN3230

DIE3310 Community Nutrition (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Spring semester
Prerequisite: HUN2201

HSC3578 Food, Health and Society (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Spring semester

FOS4041 Food Science and Composition (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Spring semester
Prerequisites: FSS1202/1202L, CHM2045/2045L
Corequisite: FOS4041L

FOS4041L Food Science Lab (1 Credit)

Take in Junior year/Spring semester
Prerequisites: FSS1202/1202L, CHM2045/2045L
Corequisite: FOS4041

HUN3014 Nutrition and Fitness (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Summer semester
Prerequisite: HUN2201

HUN4601C Nutrition Education (3 Credits)

Take in Junior year/Summer semester OR Senior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, HUN3230/3231

DIE3213 Nutrition Therapy I (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, BSC2085c, BSC2086c, CHM2045/2045L, FSS1202/1202L, BCH3023/3023L HUN3403, HUN3230 & HUN3231

DIE4122 Management Of Food/Nutrition I (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, FSS1202/1202L, MCB2010c

HUN4016C Nutrition Counsel and Comm (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Fall semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, HUN3230/3231

DIE4515 Dietetics Capstone (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Fall semester
Must be taken in the second year of the nutrition curriculum

DIE3246 Nutrition Therapy II (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Spring semester
Prerequisite: DIE3213

DIE4125 Management Food/Nutrition II (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Spring semester
Prerequisite: DIE4122

HUN4025L Nutrition Assess & Comm Lab (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Spring semester
Prerequisites: HUN2201, HUN3230/3231, DIE3213, HUN4016c

FSS4230 Quantity Food Preparation (3 Credits)

Take in Senior year/Spring semester
Prerequisites: FSS1202/1202L, CHM2045/2045L & MCB2010c
Corequisite: FSS4230L

FSS4230L Field Exp-Food Qty Preparation (1 Credit)

Take in Senior year/Spring semester
Prerequisites: FSS1202/1202L, CHM2045/2045L & MCB2010c
Corequisite: FSS4230